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Bolding comes up big for VOL-leading Buffs

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Manteca’s Rhiannon Genilla (11) shoots between Lathrop’s Mary Cotton (32) and Shaianne Brito (20).


POSTED February 1, 2017 12:53 a.m.

Kacy Bolding stepped up at the right time Tuesday night for Manteca.
After visiting Lathrop started the second quarter on a 7-2 run to force a tie, Bolding led a 10-1 rally to end the half for the Buffaloes with two assists, two field goals, two offensive rebounds and a pair of steals to put the Buffaloes ahead for good in a 46-39 Valley Oak League contest at Winter Gym.
“Kacy comes off the bench for us and gives us a good spark,” Manteca coach Ryan Bono said. “The last two or three games she has been playing solid defense.
“She is smart with the ball and comes in and just plays the game. She understands the game and has a good feel for it. Kacy is a good person to have coming off our bench for us right now.”
Bolding (six points, 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals) did some heavy lifting behind the scenes in the fourth quarter, helping keep the Spartans (5-4 VOL, 12-9 overall) from coming no closer than six points with five rebounds and an assist. 
“We just played hard,” Bolding said. “We really wanted it. We just went for everything.”
Even though the Buffaloes (9-0, 12-9) had that big spurt to end the first half, they could not pull away in the second half.
“Lathrop is a well-coached team,” Bono said. “They are not going to quit. Dwayne Davis does a great job of getting those girls to play hard. Sometimes we are not able to pull away and this was a good test for us.
“Lathrop never quit, they battled and luckily we were able to finish strong.”
Loretta Kakala had a double-double for Manteca and led all scorers with 22 points – including a 3-pointer – along with 10 rebounds. Teammate Syd’nee Fryer grabbed 10 rebounds, four steals and two assists.
“We just went out and played hard,” Kakala said. “We have so much more to accomplish.
“We are looking good right now so I am looking forward to moving on from this game.”
The main reason the Buffaloes could not pull away was the swarming press of the Spartans. According to Davis, his press was not up to par.
“We have to be able to finish,” Davis said. “This is probably the slowest our press has been. We let them get the ball in the middle of the floor too much and we gave them too much transition. We didn’t force them to work enough from their offensive sets.”
Myani Thornton paced Lathrop with 10 points. Teammate Mary Cotton added nine points, seven rebounds, five blocks and three steals.
Lathrop 41,
Manteca 39 (2 OT)
Kashara Gray got a field goal with 14 seconds remaining in the second period to put the Spartans ahead 40-39 and Jasmine Denning added a free throw down the stretch for Lathrop.
Denning and Micky Estavillo had 11 points each for the Spartans.
Adriana Valencia paced the Buffaloes with 11 points and Samanta Cerritos added nine points.
Manteca 34, Lathrop 17
Kai Johannsen nearly had a double-double for the Buffaloes, getting 16 points with eight steals and four rebounds.
Rae Finley grabbed 19 rebounds for Manteca, getting five steals and four points.
Jalissa Casillas, Isabella Larizn, Hallejah Murray and Eva Sizmann all had four points apiece for the Spartans.

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